Marbella Town

The “Marbella Centro” district is the urban nucleus of a world-renowned paradise. It is approximately four kilometres long and is where the day-to-day life of the municipality is most intense. It is the vital, administrative and festive heart of Marbella.

Plaa de lo Naranjos

A mix of urban and traditional village life

The centre is really a place to live if you like to combine a dynamic urban life with a mixture of cosmopolitan city and traditional village. It has all kinds of services, well-kept semi-urban beaches, a beautiful promenade, harbours, parks, schools, a multitude of shops and restaurants… and, of course, it has an impressive Old Town where you can lose yourself among squares and narrow streets with an Andalusian flavour.

Where is Marbella Centro located?

Of the 117 square kilometres of the city, “Marbella Centro” is the busiest area of the territory. To delimit where the centre begins and ends is not easy because the town centre of Marbella has been expanding in recent years, with new services, shops and properties; but we could say that Marbella centre begins at the Arco de entrada, arriving from the motorway, and ends at the Pirulí tower.

The centre runs along an intense stretch of the national road 340. On the coast it would go from the “Playa del Cable” to the beginning of the “Playa de la Fontanilla”, and in its inner area, it would be located more in the Old-Historic Quarter and its surroundings. The adjoining areas of Marbella Centro would be: on one side Gran Marbella (link), and on the other Marbella Este (link).

In a straight line, the centre of Marbella can be reached in only 13 minutes by car and in 40 minutes on foot. This makes this section of the town very accessible and convenient to move around.

Why live in Marbella Centro?

Marbella Centro is the urban nucleus of a world-renowned paradise. Apart from having all the virtues of the city itself, such as the micro-climate, a varied gastronomic offer or friendly locals, the centre brings a feeling of greater movement, joy and vitality compared to other districts of the municipality. In addition, it is home to all the services you may need, always close at hand.

The centre of Marbella is the essence of communal life for residents and visitors to the city. It is where the main festivals are officially celebrated (Christmas, Carnival, Feria, Easter…); where sporting races or large-scale charity events take place; where there is the highest population density and where the main administrative procedures are carried out. The centre is the place in Marbella where you can enjoy the most tapas in the sun on the terraces and where the restaurants boast the most local flavour. Of course, the centre is where the main historical origins of Marbella town are to be found, and fortunately, they are still visible and visitable.

The Centro District in Marbella, in short, is always a constant, but safe and pleasant, hive of people living together in harmony. It has, of course, the cosmopolitan feel of Marbella as a whole. Citizens from all over the world pass through its streets. Of course, among them, celebrities and celebrities of all kinds who also know how to enjoy its beautiful corners.

Marbella Centro is truly a place to live if you like to combine a dynamic urban life with a mix of international city and traditional village.

Why is Marbella Centro full of history?

The visual jewel in the centre of Marbella is its Old Town. Thanks to its careful maintenance, when strolling through its streets you can still have the pleasant feeling of visiting a typical Andalusian village. It is, to this day, one of the most photographed places in the city.

castillo antiguo de Marbella

The historic centre is built on the site of an ancient Medina: a Moorish town with narrow streets that provide shade and coolness. Marbella has archaeological remains dating back to prehistoric times and countless peoples have lived here. The Romans in particular stand out, and traces of their passage can still be seen in places such as the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge). But it was the Muslims in the Middle Ages who built the central axis on which the city stands today. They built a fortified castle in the 10th century. The city grew outside the limits of its walls. The current design is also the result of the contribution of the Catholic Monarchs and their efforts to build churches, Castilian-style squares and stately homes.

Within the architectural ensemble of the Old Quarter, the beautiful “Plaza de los Naranjos” stands out. This beautiful enclave has had many names since it was built in 1485. It was finally given this nickname when the palm trees were removed and the square was replanted with orange trees. This was the right decision because of the greenery and the orange blossom scent they bring to the surroundings. Today the square is full of great cafés and restaurants such as the emblematic Casa del Corregidor, or the latest to open on one of its corners, Lateral Naranjo. The square has a must, the Churerría Ramón, which is the oldest in town.

Is the centre of Marbella a good place to go shopping?

If you want to do some day-to-day shopping, the “coolest” place is the Municipal Market and its fish, fruit and meat stalls. There are also many supermarkets and small bakery-type shops in the area, such as La Canasta a, located in the heart of the Alameda. Almost all the shops offer the option of home delivery and many have agreements with the car parks in the area.

But what the centre of Marbella is really great for is buying “authentic and original” gifts. D’Oliva, a beautiful olive oil shop, and the atelier of local ceramist Ana Ortiz stand out for their uniqueness. There are interesting options for hats at MGM Hats; second-hand clothes from Channel and other brands at Vintage Deja vu; wonderful educational toys at Davinkidz; wines from around the world at Vinacoteca Castillejos or cashmere ponchos at Story 1961. The options are vast and a visit to the website of the Asociación de Comerciantes del Casco Antiguo is a good reference.

There are also some important national brands such as Mango, Calzedonia, Jugettos, Sunglass Hut, Massimo Dutti, Sam Newman or Primor. However, if you want to buy international brands it is more common to go to Puerto Banus, which is only a few minutes’ drive away and has convenient bus connections.

The best thing about shopping in Marbella’s Old Town, as well as encouraging local business, is the lively atmosphere in the streets, often with beautiful decorations or complementary activities to encourage shopping.

Where to eat “luxury” in the centre of Marbella?

Eating in the centre of Marbella is difficult because it is so hard to choose with so much to choose from. In just a few square meters there is a wide variety of gastronomic knowledge, with an infinite number of flavours from a multitude of countries. For example, in the centre of Marbella there are many Michelin Stars in recent years. The exquisite restaurants Skina or Messina, where you should always book well in advance, are worth mentioning. Other top-class restaurants include Kava, Zozoi, Entre Limones, Back or Casanis Bistro Marbella.

For tapas, the ones in Calle San Lázaro are a must: El Estrecho, with more than sixty years of existence, Conpasión, with a more modern touch, and Bartolo or La Niña del Pisto with a lot of “Andalusian art”. In the area below the Alameda, the Bodega San Bernabé or Casa Blanca are very popular, where it is best to get a table on the terrace. On the Avenida del Mar, the choice is endless, and along the seafront promenade the possibilities are endless. Soleo, Garum and Los Mellizos stand out.

Among the restaurants favoured by local residents are the Asturian El Chigre, the unique El Cordobés, with espetos de sardinas in the heart of the city, or the fish and seafood specialist “El California”. Of oriental profile are the Japanese Ta-Kumi, for its incredible quality, and the Thai Sukhothai, for its elaborate Thai dishes. For families or for a more youthful menu, there is Toro and its tasty hamburgers or Manuka with its healthy culinary proposals.

Where to eat “luxury” in the centre of Marbella?

Eating in the centre is difficult because it is hard to choose between so much on offer. In just a few square meters there is a wide variety of gastronomic knowledge, with an infinity of flavours from a multitude of countries. For example, in the centre of Marbella there are many Michelin Stars in recent years. The exquisite restaurants Skina or Messina, where you should always book well in advance, are worth mentioning. Other top-class restaurants include Kava, Zozoi, Entre Limones, Back or Casanis Bistro Marbella.

For tapas, the ones in Calle San Lázaro are a must: El Estrecho, with more than sixty years of existence, Conpasión, with a more modern touch, and Bartolo or La Niña del Pisto with a lot of “Andalusian art”. In the area below the Alameda, the Bodega San Bernabé or Casa Blanca are very popular, where it is best to get a table on the terrace. On the Avenida del Mar, the choice is endless, and along the seafront promenade the possibilities are endless. Soleo, Garum and Los Mellizos stand out.

los mellizo

Among the restaurants favoured by local residents are the Asturian El Chigre, the unique El Cordobés, with espetos de sardinas in the heart of the city, or the fish and seafood specialist “El California”. Of oriental profile are the Japanese Ta-Kumi, for its incredible quality, and the Thai Sukhothai, for its elaborate Thai dishes. For families or for a more youthful menu, there is Toro and its tasty hamburgers or Manuka with its healthy culinary proposals.

For Italians, Il Tartufo is very special for its truffle dishes, and Stuzzikini for its touch of Sardinian cuisine. The Da Bruno chain is very popular, and one of them is right on Fontanillla beach. Also, with sea views and a touch of Tuscany is Buonamico.

Can I educate my children in the centre of Marbella?

The school offered in Marbella Centro is mostly Spanish and with a public profile. They are schools with good academic results and prestige. For private profiles there are some exceptions such as the French school EFIM or the bilingual nursery Moonlighting. Even so, all the public schools in and around Marbella have buses that pick up children easily from the centre and take them to their facilities; this is the case with Aloha College or Swans International School.

Where the centre is an educationally rich area is in extracurricular activities. For music there is the Official Conservatory or the private Marbella Music School. In terms of creativity there is the Momo School of the Arts or the Marbella Ballet Academy. For language learning there are many academies such as The Language House, Kids&Us, Inlingua, Advanced, Miss Languages or Ale Kids.

Are there parks to play in the centre of Marbella?

The centre has green areas, parks and pedestrianized streets so that you can enjoy the peace and quiet of an urban area. It is important to know that Marbella is recognised with the “Child Friendly City” award.

Among its parks we must first mention Alameda Park. It is the most central park in the city and one of the oldest, in fact, it has beautiful centenary trees. It is a favourite place for grandparents to go with their grandchildren because of its shade, its benches and its kiosks with sweets and newspapers. It also flows easily into the Avenida del Mar and the Paseo Marítimo, making it ideal for prams and scooters.

Two other of Marbella’s best parks are in the centre. One is the beautiful Parque de la Constitución, with a children’s play area and open-air theatre auditorium; the other, less well known, is by the Xarblanca urbanization and has a lake with ducklings. Also popular are the two-kilometer long Parque de la Represa, the wooded Vigil de Quiñones, which offers picnics, the urban Parque de las Cuevas and the fun Paco Cantos sports centre. The children’s playground in the Marina and its original swings complete this great offer.

Are there sea and beaches in the centre of Marbella?

The Marbella Centro area overlooks the sea. Its beautiful promenade can be covered from end to end, walking, training, cycling, rollerblading…. Also located in the central section of Marbella are two of the four harbours of the city: the Pesquero and the Deportivo. The former is close to the “fishermen’s quarter” where you can taste “pescaito frito” (fried fish) in the local style, and the latter is full of lively bars where you can dance or have a thousand and one cocktails.

Playa de la Venu

As for its beaches, the centre has a wilder and wider one, the popular beach of “El Cable”. This includes pleasant beach bars such as Bounty Beach, La Dolce Vita or Playa Padre and has nets for beach volleyball. It is also the place where the fiestas of San Juan or moragas among friends are celebrated. The rest of the beaches in the centre are semi-urban. “La Bajadilla”, “Rio Real”, “La Venus”, “El Faro” and “La Fontanilla” are beaches with easy access from the promenade. They are full of dining options, have comfortable showers, and have sunbeds or pedal boats available for rent.

Are there any properties with sea views in Marbella Centro?

The central area of Marbella has 4 of the 27 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline that the city enjoys. This urban district therefore has its own strip of beachfront and second line beach properties. It then moves inland, even into the mountains, but always within a few minutes’ walk or drive of the coast.

The advantage of these properties with sea views in the centre of town is that as soon as you leave the house you have direct access to the beaches (some of which are wheelchair friendly); there are also beach bars and restaurants close by, so you don’t have to take the car; and finally, the atmosphere on these beaches is always lively.

What are the most interesting areas in Marbella Centro to buy luxury flats or villas?

When we talk about the centre of Marbella we are referring to an area with a high density of construction, where there is an abundance of “flat with balcony” type properties, rather than luxury flats or villas. There are also many neighbourhoods that are pleasant to live in but do not have high-end properties. Even so, with expert advice, it is possible to acquire some great value properties in the centre or in the Old Town itself.

Propiedades en casco antiguo

We highlight the area around the Parque de la Constitución and the Skol Hotel with the “Playa de La Venus” as a reference point; although just a few meters in front of this beach you would consider yourself to be in another very good but different urban area of Marbella. We are referring to Gran Marbella, which is the last urban area of Marbella before the beginning of the Golden Mile.

Also of great value is the stretch of coastline from the Marina to the Fishing Port, as long as they are beachfront properties and have a good orientation. Some of the buildings have enclosed areas, security, gardens and swimming pools.

Other options further up the mountain include villas in Huerta de Belón, or properties in the quiet and exclusive Marbella Sierra Blanca and Cascada de Camoján. In the vicinity of the prestigious Club Med, and just a few minutes’ drive from the centre, would be the urbanisations of Xarblanca and San Miguel.

How can we help you?

Marbella Center is very dense and requires a good expert to buy a property that is truly considered luxury. At Pure Living Properties we are specialists in this type of property and our agents will be happy to guide you to a good investment. Do not hesitate to contact us and we can show you our exclusive properties.

Tim Waller

Tim is the most senior member of the Pure Living Properties Sales Department. He has always understood business in an ethical and honest manner, for which he is renowned amongst professional colleagues. Born in the UK, but having grown up in Belgium, Tim represents the best of British assertiveness and Central European multiculturalism – something that is undoubtedly reflected in each of his sales and is much appreciated by our clients.

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